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Most large organizations require dozens and sometimes hundreds of specialized software tools to manage the lifecycle of the physical products or software applications they create. It isn't hard to imagine the monumental waste these organizations incur in attempting to manually coordinate the efforts of the teams that use these many disparate tools to create a single product. Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) is an open community for creating specifications for integrating lifecycle activities across tools to address this problem. Now imagine how much more happy and productive an organization would be if all those tools could integrate via standard interfaces. In broad strokes, this is the goal of the OSLC community. The technical foundation for OSLC is based on the W3C Linked Data method of publishing and accessing information and inspired by how the W... (more)

Test Environment Management | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousTesting

Why Treating Test Management and Test Environment Management Separately Is Killing Your Efficiency By Alon Inditzky Imagine that you have hundreds of development, testing, and operations teams spread across the globe that rely on each other to execute software testing. You have 245 test environments and you release to pre-production several times a day and deploy to production once a week. How do you manage all the software tests, test data, and test environments? Traditionally, the answer would be to fill out spreadsheets or siloed tools, send emails, and hope that everything and everyone is ready at each stage of the software testing lifecycle (STLC). But this often doesn’t work well. Requirements change and not everyone gets notified or reads email updates. Test environments aren’t ready or available when they need to be. Further, a host of other challenges stand ... (more)

Test Strategies During Agile Transformation | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DigitalTransformation

Speed has always been a major challenge in software development, as waterfall projects took up a significant amount of time to carry out due to lengthy operational and manual processes. Under this setup, you could expect your initiative to take months or even years to reach completion. In the mobile environment, this type of drawn out schedule is no longer feasible, especially when it comes to fixing issues and quickly addressing emerging user requirements. Organizations gravitated toward agile testing methodologies and software practices to jumpstart their journey toward better serving modern needs. This included implementing new tools and procedures to boost overall capabilities and ensure that testers have the means to quickly catch and mitigate potential issues. Quality assurance teams will need to redefine their testing strategies under agile transformation a... (more)

What Is Functional Testing? | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousTesting

What is Functional Testing? Types, Tips, Limitations & More By Angela Stringfellow A Definition of Functional Testing Functional testing is a type of software testing that evaluates the performance of individual functions of a software application. The purpose of functional testing is to ensure that the application and all of its individual functions work as they should in the real world and meet all requirements and specifications. It's a valuable testing method for verifying that the output provided by each application function is in line with what's expected. How Functional Testing Works Functional testing is typically conducted by providing an appropriate input to the function being tested (in line with the typical inputs expected in real-world use cases), and then verifying the result by comparing it to the expected result. This type of testing can answer questio... (more)

[session] #DevOps for Core Enterprise Teams | @DevOpsSummit @CAinc #ContinuousTesting

Three Steps to DevOps for Core Enterprise Teams Did you know that you can develop for mainframes in Java? Or that the testing and deployment can be automated across mobile to mainframe? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Vaughn Marshall, Sr. Principal Product Owner at CA Technologies, will discuss and demo how increasingly teams are developing with agile methodologies using modern development environments and automating testing and deployments, mobile to mainframe. Speaker Bio With over 15 years' experience in Information Technology, Vaughn Marshall has worked in a variety of areas including Development, Quality Assurance and Software Change & Configuration Management. He has consulted on designing, implementing and automating software development lifecycle processes for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he has been working on adaptin... (more)

Performance and 3rd-Party Tags | @CloudExpo @Catchpoint #DevOps #WebPerf

Performance Is Directly Tied to Third-Party Tags By Dawn Parzych, Catchpoint and Samrah Khan, Instart Logic Today’s digital world has placed a premium on the user experience. Users have become incredibly demanding, willing and able to head to a competitor’s site if just three seconds of latency occur during their time on your site. Such high demand puts web performance at the forefront of your business strategy. Web performance consists of three main pillars: speed, reliability, and availability. Each is as important as the other; these factors are all vulnerable to the growing complexity of modern websites. Third parties are more prevalent on websites than ever, and each third party represents its own layer of complexity. In order for your website to be running at optimal performance, each third party you’re including must be operating at its maximum efficiency to ... (more)

How to Boost Enterprise Software Testing Predictability | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousTesting

How to Boost Enterprise Software Testing Predictability By Simon King Are you tired of slipping deadlines and missing commitments? Do you feel like the consistency of Software Testing is out of your control? Here is how to improve the predictability of software testing across multiple teams and projects. Enable Consistent Practices, Processes, and Tools The foundation of enterprise software testing predictability is built on consistent practices, processes, and tools. Improving the predictability of software testing for a single team is difficult; doing so across multiple enterprise teams working on multiple features is exponentially more difficult. Software testing predictability relies on the consistency of requirements management, code quality, test management, defects management, test environment management, and much more. The teams that support these activitie... (more)

[slides] The Speed of #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit @MHExcalibur @Spirent #CD

Best Practices Blueprint for Growing and Large Scale Continuous Testing at the Speed of DevOps Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow. In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, explained the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is relevant to small scale DevOps, and if there is an expectation of growth as the number of build targets, test topologies and delivery topologies that need to be orchestrated rapidly grow. He outlined best practices for: Pre-flight pre-requisites for large sc... (more)

CA to Present "Women in DevOps" at @DevOpsSummit New York | @StefanaMuller @CAinc [#DevOps]

Women in DevOps Session by Stefana Muller It's been proven time and time again that in tech, diversity drives greater innovation, better team productivity and greater profits and market share. What can we do in our DevOps teams to embrace diversity and help transform the culture of development and operations into a true "DevOps" team? In her session at DevOps Summit, Stefana Muller, Director, Product Management - Continuous Delivery at CA Technologies, will answer that question citing examples, showing how to create opportunities for diverse candidates and taking feedback from the audience on their experiences with encouraging diversity in technology roles. Speaker Bio Stefana Muller is an experienced product management professional that has spent the past 14+ years embedded in software and application development. During this time she has launched successful solutio... (more)

Enterprise DevOps Governance Gates By @Plutora | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Which side of the wall of confusion are your governance gates on? Whenever people discuss DevOps they always speak of a "Wall of Confusion" between development and operations, and while there is certainly a barrier to understanding it's more than just a "wall."  I see it more as a "canyon of distrust" or a "gulf of miscommunication." The Canyon of Distrust These are all just creative ways of identifying that there is misalignment between development-focused and operation-focused parts of the IT department.  On a very simple level development tends to focus on revenue growth while operations focuses on revenue protection.  One side is resistant to change and risk and the other exists only to introduce change and risk - bridging these two worldviews is the constant promise of DevOps.Here's how I model this disconnect: as a series of roles distributed along a spectrum... (more)

Solr vs. Elasticsearch — How to Decide? By @Sematext | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Solr vs. Elasticsearch — How to Decide? By Otis Gospodnetić [Otis is a Lucene, Solr, and Elasticsearch expert and co-author of “Lucene in Action” (1st and 2nd editions).  He is also the founder and CEO of Sematext. See full bio below.] “Solr or Elasticsearch?”…well, at least that is the common question I hear from Sematext’s consulting services clients and prospects.  Which one is better, Solr or Elasticsearch?  Which one is faster?  Which one scales better?  Which one can do X, and Y, and Z?  Which one is easier to manage?  Which one should we use?  Which one do you recommend? etc., etc. These are all great questions, though not always with clear and definite, universally applicable answers. So which one do we recommend you use? How do you choose in the end?  Well, let me share how I see Solr and Elasticsearch past, present, and future, let’s do a bit of comparing ... (more)